K-State drops after loss, Oklahoma State could be the team to watch in week 6

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Senior defensive back Denzel Goolsby takes the field before the game against Oklahoma State at Boone Pickens Stadium on Sept. 29, 2019. The Wildcats lost 13-26. (Sabrina Cline | Collegian Media Group)

10. Kansas Jayhawks

The Jayhawks are off to a rocky start in Les Miles’s tenure in a 51-14 rout by TCU on Saturday. Senior quarterback Carter Stanley went 12-29 in passing for 84 yards and one touchdown.

Kansas will have to rely heavily on sophomore running back Pooka Williams after Miles announced senior Khalil Herbert’s departure from the team. Herbert is ranked fourth in the Big 12 in rushing while Williams comes in at seventh.

The Jayhawks face off against Oklahoma at home on Saturday at 11 a.m. on ABC.

9. Texas Tech Red Raiders

Texas Tech was the first Big 12 team to fall to Oklahoma on Saturday in a 55-16 loss. Junior quarterback Jett Duffey threw for 120 yards. Duffey is replacing sophomore quarterback Alan Bowman who is out with a shoulder injury.

The Red Raiders must win out to get a shot at the Big 12 Championship.

Texas Tech squares off with Oklahoma State on Saturday at 11 a.m. on Fox Sports 1.

8. Iowa State Cyclones

Sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy went 27-45 with 342 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s game against Baylor.

Purdy is first in the conference in total offense with 1,331 total passing yards.

The Cyclones shot themselves in the feet last week and will need to clean it up as they head into Saturday with a 2-2 record.

Iowa State will play TCU at home at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.

7. TCU Horned Frogs

The Horned Frogs received votes this week in the Coaches Poll after their win over Kansas. Freshman quarterback Max Duggan threw for 100 yards and two touchdowns and finished his afternoon with a 99.6 quarterback rating.

Senior quarterback Alex Delton went 10-15 for 186 yards. Senior running back Darius Anderson led the rushing core with 115 yards and one touchdown.

TCU may be a better team than they get credit for, but the Horned Frogs will be tested against Iowa State.

The Horned Frogs are 3.5 point underdogs in the matchup with the Cyclones, and the point total is set at 43.5

6. West Virginia Mountaineers

After a bye week coming off a conference win over Kansas, the Mountaineers will host their first Big 12 game of the season with a matchup against Texas. West Virginia will look to spoil Texas’s chances of a College Football Playoff appearance.

West Virginia will host Texas on Saturday at 2:30 on ABC.

5. Kansas State Wildcats

The K-State offense struggled only putting up 13 points to Oklahoma State’s 26 on Saturday.

Junior quarterback Skylar Thompson went 11-23 for 118 yards. K-State only rushed for 126 yards and one touchdown.

The defense kept the Wildcats in the game by holding one of the highest-scoring offenses in the conference to only 26 points and forcing one fumble and two interceptions.

The Wildcats will return home for the first game since early September. K-State will face Baylor on Saturday at 2:30 on ESPN2.

4. Baylor

The Bears are coming off a win in their Big 12 opener in a 23-21 win over Iowa State.

Junior quarterback Charlie Brewer has thrown for 972 yards and ten touchdowns with no interceptions this season. The Bears average 259.5 passing yards per game.

The Baylor defense is second in the Big 12 in rushing defense limiting opponents to 102.5 yards per contest.

It will be a battle in the trenches in the matchup against K-State as the Wildcats are fourth in the Big 12 in rushing offense averaging 241 yards per game an average 45.7 rushing attempts this season.

The Bears are a 1.5 point underdog on the road against K-State.

3. Oklahoma State Cowboys

Oklahoma State dominated K-State in their home opener on Saturday. Sophomore running back Chuba Hubbard was a true force in the matchup.

Hubbard rushed for 296 of the 373 total rushing yards for Oklahoma State and had one touchdown in the win.

Oklahoma State will be a rush-heavy team but have the weapons to throw that football. Junior wide receiver Tylan Wallace leads the conference in receiving yards per game, averaging 124 with six touchdowns on the year.

Oklahoma State could be a dark horse team in the Big 12 this season.

The Cowboys are a ten-point favorite against Texas Tech.

2. Texas Longhorns

The Longhorns are coming off a bye week after a win over Oklahoma State.

Texas will try to keep their Big 12 Championship hopes alive as favorites against West Virginia.

Senior wide receiver Devin Duvernay leads the conference in receptions per game with 9.7 and had four touchdowns this year.

The Longhorns do not particularly stand out on a stat sheet but are a solid team that gets the job done and are on the outside looking in for a college football playoff bid.

1.Oklahoma Sooners

The Sooners have dominated every opponent in 2019 and woke up feeling dangerous against Texas Tech.

The Sooners are sitting out of the early CFP rankings but will need to go undefeated to make the playoff.

The lone weakness, on paper, for Oklahoma is the rushing defense. The Sooners are fifth in the Big 12, allowing 153 yards per game but have only allowed three rushing touchdowns.

The Sooners travel to play Kansas on the road as 32 point favorites.

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